Effectiveness of Mother as a Rehabilitative Aid (MARA) Program in the Recovery of Children with Cerebral Palsy-An Assessor blinded Randomized Controlled Trial

Authors

  • Jayashree K R1 , Kovela Rakesh Krishna2 , Ajay Thakur3 , Pamidigantam Raghava Priya4

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v11i6.9813

Keywords:

Cerebral Palsy, Home Program, Spastic Diplegia, Parent involved treatment

Abstract

Background: Cerebral Palsy is a non-Progressive neuromotor disorder which leads to various impairments

and disabilities. There are evidence based Paediatric Physiotherapy approaches for rehabilitating the same.

In the recovery of the child literature suggests that home program plays a major role.

Objectives; Till date there is a dearth in the literature which quantifies the home program. To provide

Mother as a Rehabilitative Aid Program (MARA) to parents of children with cerebral palsy. To compare the

effectiveness of MARA with traditional home program.

Methodology: Mother as a Rehabilitative Aid (MARA) is a unique program which helps the mothers to be

a part of rehabilitative team. It is a quantified tailor made treatment protocol to be effectively used by the

mothers. The present study aims to see the effectiveness of MARA over traditional approaches for home

program in children with spastic diplegic Cerebral palsy children of age 5 to 10 years. The study design

is Assessor Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial. The study population divided into MARA group and

Controlled group

Results: MARA proved to be effective than traditional home program. T test was used in the statistical

analysis. GMFM-88, PBS, Gait parameters all were statistically significant in MARA group than Control

group.

Discussion: This study is correlated with previous studies and found to give a clear explanation for parent

oriented program with quantifiable outcome measures.

Conclusion: It can be incorporated in the treatment of cerebral palsy children. Students Communication

skills improved, Their Practical skills and service oriented mindset generated. They will get good ideas

and can able to feel different problems that parents are facing and they got chance to plan their treatment

accordingly. For Parents it generates hope and Trust on our profession. Their involvement will be more

when their suffering is shared. Parents came to know different other challenges faced by other parents and

they Got to know various other methods to overcome. This study leaves a benchmark for more high quality

studies on MARA.

Author Biography

Jayashree K R1 , Kovela Rakesh Krishna2 , Ajay Thakur3 , Pamidigantam Raghava Priya4

1 Undergraduate Student, 2Associate Professor, 3Professor and Principal, 4Lecturer, Vikas College of Physiotherapy,

Mary hill, Airport Road, Mangalore

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Published

2020-06-25

How to Cite

Jayashree K R1 , Kovela Rakesh Krishna2 , Ajay Thakur3 , Pamidigantam Raghava Priya4. (2020). Effectiveness of Mother as a Rehabilitative Aid (MARA) Program in the Recovery of Children with Cerebral Palsy-An Assessor blinded Randomized Controlled Trial. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 11(6), 419–424. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v11i6.9813